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The most common types of workplace discrimination

No matter who you are, you can become the victim of workplace discrimination due to no fault of your own. All races, sexes, nationalities and other protected categories could inadvertently find themselves facing negative and unfair treatment due to a superficial category that describes them. Here are some of the most common types of workplace discrimination prohibited under state and federal laws according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the year 2017:


Racial discrimination is by far the most common type of discrimination with 28,528 claims filed per year. This figure represents 33.9 percent of all discrimination claims.


Disability discrimination is also a very common type of discrimination claim filed with 26,838 instances per year, representing 31.9 percent of all claims filed.


Also making the list of the top three types of discrimination is sex discrimination. The number of claims filed per year is 25,605, making sex discrimination account for 30.4 percent of discrimination claims filed annually.


Federal laws protect workers who are 40 years of age and old from age-related discrimination. Age discrimination claims account for 18,376 or 21.8 percent of the claims filed annually.

National Origin

The fifth most common type of discrimination relates to national origin discrimination, which accounts for 8,299 or 9.8 percent of claims filed per years.

If you are facing unfair treatment at your workplace due to a superficial reason, you might be the victim of employment discrimination. Visit our website to learn more about your legal rights and options with regard to protecting yourself from unfair treatment on the job.

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